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Stage Star

August 16, 2013
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Editorial: JPNC lawsuit and JPNC election

August 16, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s ongoing lawsuit against a local real estate development looks like it will be a double-edged sword in terms of drawing attention to the pending council election. The JPNC should make sure that potential candidates are fully aware of the lawsuit and any possible legal ramifications that might involve them....

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Editorial: Mayoral details

August 16, 2013
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Thanks to local Main Streets organizations and JP-based housing nonprofits for staging important mayoral forums to raise the neglected issues of small business development and Boston’s staggering cost of getting a roof over one’s head. Those conversations should continue, and in as much detail as possible. A lack of policy detail has allowed these...

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Editorial: A different chess move

August 16, 2013
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In the Aug. 2 issue, we praised the Boston Redevelopment Authority board of directors for its smart “chess move” of linking the redevelopment of Hyde Square’s former Norbert School building to a successful sale of the former Blessed Sacrament Church. That information was incorrect. In fact, the BRA board linked the school project to...

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Op-Ed: Small businesses belong on the mayoral agenda

August 16, 2013
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By Betsy Cowan, Richard Rouse and Gerald Robbins/Special to the Gazette Small businesses form the backbone of each unique neighborhood of Boston, investing in the City through taxes, local purchasing and local hiring. In addition, small businesses add vitality to the neighborhoods by attracting customers, beautifying their storefronts and improving the public safety and...

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Letter: Faraone is right about canned speeches, but there’s a solution

August 16, 2013
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In reading Chris Faraone’s column “Is there an echo in here, or is that a stump speech?” (“Politics as Unusual,” Aug. 2), I could commiserate with him regarding our mayoral candidates becoming repetitive at different forums. I’ve attended two education forums so far where the sponsors insisted that attendees submit their questions beforehand. Only...

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Letter: Commons at Forest Hills project will eat up local parking

August 16, 2013
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The 289 residential unit project proposed for the 3-acre Hughes Oil site on Washington Street near the Forest Hills station will have only 168 parking spaces that tenants must pay extra to use. We know that people riding the subway to work have cars; high-rent, two-bedroom units are shared by two tenants often with...

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Lantern Lights

August 2, 2013
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JPers win garden contest

August 2, 2013
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Five Jamaica Plain residents scored wins—including two first places—in this year’s Garden Contest sponsored by Mayor Thomas Menino and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, it was announced this week. Myrna Balk of Chilcott Place tied for first place in the Large Yard Garden category, and Robert Fettig of Goldsmith Street won first place...

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Sights and Sounds, Aug. 2, 2013

August 2, 2013
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Aug. 13 for the Aug. 16 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Summer Nights Out, sponsored by Hyde Square Task Force, Aug. 7: family fitness night. Aug. 14: Afro-Latin percussion night. In...

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